Strutting Candidates: A Recap of the Red Sox offense last week
It was a tough week for the Red Sox offense. They weren’t able to get much going as far as getting runners across the plate. It’s obvious that the team is lacking some power as currently constituted and are seriously missing the bat of David Ortiz is his first year of retirement. They did quite a few hits, but just had difficulty piecing things together. Boston was shut out twice – once by the Jays and once by the Orioles. They only managed to score twenty runs total for the week – just over three runs per game. There is no way an offense like this should only be scoring three runs per game or be shut out twice in one week.
Hanley Ramirez had an awful week. While he did hit his first home run of the season on Sunday, he had three games without one hit and only went 3-for-27 for the week – a measly average of .111. He needs to be better and to get back to the Hanley of 2016 in the middle of the lineup for the Sox to have success.
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Pablo Sandoval scattered a few hits, but still isn’t quite where they want him to be. He also still looks like he is pressing too hard at the plate.
The catching combo of Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez is close to an automatic out at this point. Leon, who started the year on fire, has really fallen back to earth going 0-for-10 in his last three games. Vazquez wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball going 3-for-11 in the same span.
Last week’s strutter Mitch Moreland didn’t look as strong at the plate either. He is striking out a bit more and is not quite as productive at the plate. He did have a big game in the first one of the Toronto series. No one really expected Mitch to keep it up anyway.
We all know what went down with Pedroia over the weekend. He left Friday’s game after Manny Machado slid into his surgically repaired knee and hasn’t returned. He will get an MRI Monday. He wasn’t exactly tearing it up in the Jays series, but that’s still a huge blow to an already struggling lineup.
So what went right for this team’s offense? Xander Bogaerts has been trying his hand at the leadoff position and is doing alright. He had at least one hit in all five games he played in. Andrew Benintendi has also been hitting. He had a big RBI ground rule double against Toronto and his week culminated with a 5-for-5 performance on Sunday in Baltimore.